2009 Fall Camp: Day Ten News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

‘STILL LEARNING' ON SPECIAL TEAMS

Once the Bulldogs did get on the practice field Friday, they held a kicking scrimmage.

As Richt has said all camp, there's still a pretty good race between Blair Walsh and Brandon Bogotay on kickoffs, but Friday was all about finding the right guys to surround them.

"We've got an awful lot of guys that we're trying to figure out who should be on these kicking teams," Richt said. "On Monday I'm going to meet with the offense, defense and special teams, we might even put up a mock travel team, to see who would make the trip … I just want to make sure we're practicing the right guys."

Since it is a non-conference game, there will be no restrictions on the number of players Georgia can take to its season opener with Oklahoma State. But Richt said he wants it to be close to the 70-player limit imposed on road SEC games, and will likely be between 70 and 80.

As to who those Bulldogs will be, it's still a work in progress.

"We want guys that can run and hit even if they're not the starter on the defense to be the best kickoff coverage guy, the best punt return and block guy," Richt said. "So that's what we're looking for. I will say this: We've got so many more healthy bodies running down the field right now than we've had in a long time. I'm very confident we're going to have the right type of personnel on these teams, we've just got to figure out whose the best."

PUGH HAS NO PREFERENCE

With Quintin Banks out and Reshad Jones still finding his way back, Makiri Pugh will be getting more reps at strong safety.

He had been working primarily at free safety, but Pugh, a 6-foot, 196-pound redshirt freshman, said he doesn't have a preference either way.

"I'm just really looking forward to getting on the field," he said. "I'm trying to help the team out, moving around a lot. I don't think it's really hurt me, it's made me more versatile."

RUDE AWAKENING

Marlon Brown had heard the stories about LSU fans distributing Knowshon Moreno's cell phone number or the harassment Tim Tebow receives from opposing fans on the road. He knew the SEC was tough – even off the field. But it wasn't until he ran into his first major bit of controversy just weeks after arriving at Georgia that he realized how bad things could be.

"I just got to school, and something already happened," said Brown, Georgia's freshman receiver. "I hadn't been at school a month and something was already stirred up a controversy about me."

The controversy surrounded comments Brown apparently made on his Facebook page, some of which alluded to taking money from coaches and included racial overtones. As it turned out, however, the Facebook page was created by someone else – not Brown – and the controversy came as much as a surprise to him as his coaches.

"The thing about the Facebook is that I heard crazy rumors about it," Brown said. "Me and Coach Richt talked about it, and it was just crazy stuff."

Richt and other Georgia officials went so far as to contact Facebook to find the culprit, but Brown had already learned a hard lesson about being a high-profile player in the SEC.

Brown said Georgia's coaches have addressed the team about the need to carefully monitor their posts on social networking sites such as Facebook.


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